UPDATED: Next New Networks co-founder Herb Scannell has returned to the old media world from whence he came, stepping in as president of BBC Worldwide America following the departure of Garth Ancier. Scannell served as CEO of the company until June 2008, when he stepped down to serve as Executive Chairman.
Liz Gannes once called Scannell “the old media guy who got it,” though it’s unclear how involved he had been in day-to-day operations since the arrival of current CEO Lance Podell. (In fact, the current NNN site contains no bio info for him.)
UPDATE: Via a representative, co-founder Tim Shey said the following: “We’re very excited for the news. Herb is unique in his understanding and vision for programming for both traditional media and the web, and that’s a big plus for a company like BBC Worldwide that has such great assets both on TV and online.”
We’ve reached out to NNN for comment, but for anyone feeling nostalgic about Scannell’s early days at Next New, let me recommend reading a rant Om Malik wrote about NNN back in January 2007, followed by this March 2007 back and forth with Shey and Scannell.
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